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i'm mariko oi in singapore, the headlines: china tells the uk to keep out of its affairs as a row over britain's support for hong kong's protesters deepens. the uk government has chosen to stand on the wrong side. it has made inappropriate remarks. more than a million people are told to leave their homes in japan because of torrential rain and flooding. i'm kasia madera in london. also in the programme: a laclustre game in lyon sees the netherlands go through to the final of the women's world cup, they'll face the usa. diagnosing dementia
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in under an hour — we speak to one of the scientists behind a new blood test. good morning. it's 8am in singapore, 1 am in london and 8 in the morning in beijing where an angry war of words has broken out between china and britain over the demonstrations in hong kong. it comes after british foreign secretary jeremy hunt warned of serious consequences for china if the rights of people living in the territory were infringed. beijing has accused the uk of indulging in what it called "colonial era fantasies". our diplomatic correspondent james landale has more.
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the aftermath of an invasion. this was hong kong's parliament today, where they were beginning to clear up the mess left by protesters on monday. for many pro—democracy campaigners, their demonstration was peaceful. but for some, it was violent, forcing their way into the legislative council, where they wrought substantial damage. damage that also had diplomatic consequences in london. the uk government chose to stand on the wrong side. it has made inappropriate remarks. china's ambassador said britain's support for the demonstrations was wrong, disappointing and hypocritical. it had damaged uk—china relations. we strongly condemn and oppose the gross interference in hong kong affairs and china's internal affairs by the british side. i call on them to keep hands off hong kong. what upset the ambassador was the warning from the foreign secretaryjeremy hunt that there would be serious consequences if china diluted
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hong kong's freedoms, and the promise from borisjohnson that he would back the demonstrators every inch of the way. the row centres on the joint declaration agreed by britain and china in 1984 that in future, hong kong should retain some autonomy and freedom. this meant that after the handover in 1997, hong kong would exist under a so—called "one country, two systems" policy. britain thinks that until the declaration expires in 2047, hong kong should keep its freedom. but china says the treaty is now just an historical document. theresa may said she had been shocked by the violence, but emphasised that the majority had marched peacefully and lawfully. it's vital that hong kong's high degree of autonomy and the rights and freedoms set down in the sino—british joint declaration are respected. i have raised my concerns directly with chinese leaders, as has my right honourable friend the foreign secretary and other ministers, and we will
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continue to do so. jeremy hunt did that in a tweet, telling the chinese government that good relations between countries are based on mutual respect and honouring the legally binding agreements between them. he also summoned the chinese ambassador to the foreign office, where he was told by britain's top diplomat that what he had said was both unacceptable and inaccurate. it's rare for the chinese embassy to hold a news conference. it's even rarer for ambassadors to be so outspoken. the question now is whether this war of words escalates and causes lasting damage to britain's relations with china. james landale, bbc news. let's take a look at some of the day's other news. more than a million people in southern japan have been told to evacuate their homes as heavy rain caused landslides and flooding. forecasters say the rain is set to continue. the bbc‘s kate harley has more.
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a deluge of torrential rain that just keeps falling. the continual downpour raising the risk of floods and mudslides to a dangerously high level. more than a metre of rain has fallen since friday and emergency services are urging residents to move to safety immediately. translation: i am really scared. it is better to evacuate earlier. however, some in the affected areas have chosen to ride out the bad weather but they are closely watching alerts from authorities. there are alerts every hour, for sure, on what the status is. there are definitely places to go and everyone knows where to go if they need to leave. civil defence are particularly on edge. during last year's rainy season, more than 200 people were killed during heavy rain, flooding and landslides in the country. many of those deaths were blamed on the fact evacuation orders were issued too late with many failing to leave their homes. it meant entire neighbourhoods were buried beneath landslides or submerged in floodwaters.
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prime minister shinzo abe has told residents in the affected areas to take action to protect their lives. the japanese meteorological agency says the heavy rain is set to continue. kate harley, bbc news. also making news today: the un security council has met for urgent talks on the situation in libya after more than a0 people were killed in an air strike on a migrant detention centre. the attack has been blamed on a rebel general. the general is claiming libyan government forces were responsible. the un says the incident could be considered a war crime, but the security council failed to issue a formal condemnation. boeing is giving a—hundred million dollars to support the families of the victims of the 737—max crashes in indonesia and ethiopia. both planes crashed because of problems with sensors and software killing 346 people. the payment will be made independent of legal action being taken against boeing.
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the leader of india's main opposition congress party, rahul gandhi, has resigned. the party was defeated in the recent elections by narendra modi's bjp. rahul gandhi has been the leader of the party since late 2017. his family and party having dominated indian politics, since independence from britain. when donald trump and kimjong un met three days ago, relations between the us and north korea appeared friendly. but tension seems to be brewing again. on wednesday north korea's mission to the un accused the us of ‘hostile acts‘. their statement was in response to us allegations that pyongyang had breached a cap on refined petroleum imports. the european parliament has elected a new president, the italian centre—left politician david—maria sassoli.
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his election comes a day after eu leaders agreed nominations for the bloc‘s top jobs, including that of german defence minister ursula fon dare line for european commission chief. she still needs to be approved by the european parliament in a vote scheduled for mid—july. another win for coco gauff, at wimbldeon. the 15—year—old american tennis player beat her slovakian counterpart, magdalena ryba—rikova, to reach the third round of the tennis tournament. on monday, gauff beat five—time wimbledon champion venus williams. —— wimbledon. —— rybarikova. this volcano on the italian island of stromboli has erupted killing a hiker and sending tourists fleeing into the sea. the volcano is known to be active. but on wednesday there were two particularly powerful explosions. a navy boat has been sent to the island for a possible mass evacuation. it was a party that went seriously wrong.
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guests at a birthday celebration for the formerfirst lady of the philippines imelda marcos fell ill with suspected food poisoning. around 2,500 guests attended the celebrations at a sports stadium in manila to to mark her 90th birthday, when dozens of them started vomiting. the widow of late dictator ferdinand marcos wasn't herself affected but the health minister has pledged to find a cause. they are being hydrated which is the first fundamental, most important step. so for as long as they are hydrated, i am confident that they are going to be ok, but we cannot leave a ny are going to be ok, but we cannot leave any stone unturned. it doesn't sound pleasant, does it? to washington, where preparations are underway ahead of what promises to be independence day with a difference this year. president trump has ordered a military parade of tanks for this fourth ofjuly. critics have accused him of
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politicising the national holiday. chris buckler reports from the capital. (rant) every year on 4july, huge numbers gather here at the national mall in washington for independence day celebrations. but this year is going to be a little bit different. president trump is putting on what he calls a salute to america. he promises it is going to be a show of a lifetime, and you can see just how much work is going into it here at the lincoln memorial. we believe that about $2.5 million has been diverted from us national parks funds in order to pay for some of this, but actually, we don't know how much it is going to cost in total. mr trump is promising tanks, flyovers and fireworks. this is going to be a show of military might, as well as a thank you to america's troops, although some of the pentagon are said to be a little concerned that this could become political. the armed forces want to stay away from that, but ultimately, it is up to the president. right at the centre of events,
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he will deliver an address from here in front of the iconic lincoln memorial. white house officials are insisting that that speech will not be political, it will be a celebration of service. but of course, that depends if president trump sticks to the script. sometimes he doesn't. and it is worth pointing out that some of the best seats here have been reserved for republican party supporters and donors. democrats say they have not been given any tickets. this is not a donald trump rally, and therefore the audience will not be filled full of his supporters necessarily. and how they will react if he gets political — that will be interesting. and there is another question for organisers, and that is to do with the weather. thunder and lightning has been forecast. if there is a downpour, that could have a massive effect on the half an hour of fireworks that have been planned. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: a goal in the 99th minute puts
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the netherlands into the final of the women's world cup. also on the programme: is it really possible to diagnose dementia before symptoms show? we speak to a scientist behind a new blood test. china marked its first day of rule in hong kong with a series of spectacular celebrations. a huge firework display was held in the former colony. the chinese president, jiang zemin, said unification was the start of a new era for hong kong. the world's first clone has been produced of an adult mammal. scientists in scotland have produced a sheep called dolly that was cloned in a laboratory using a cell of another sheep. for the first time in 20 years, russian and american spacecraft have
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docked in orbit at the start of a new era of cooperation in space. challenger powered past the bishop rock lighthouse at almost 50 knots, shattering a record that had stood for 34 years. and there was no hiding the sheer elation of richard branson and his crew. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm mariko 0i in singapore. i'm kasia madera in london. our top stories: an international row over hong kong. britain summons china's ambassador amid a war of words over this week's protests in the territory. more than a million people have been ordered out of their homes injapan because of torrential rain and flooding. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. we'll start with the japan times, which reports on the us reacting
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angrily to a chinese missile launch in the disputed south china sea. the pentagon called china's test of anti—ship ballistic missiles disturbing, while the south china morning post continues to look at the protests in hong kong, saying a chinese taskforce in shenzhen has been closely monitoring events for nearly a month. it also shows this picture of a police officer gathering evidence from the central chamber of the legislative council. and in europe, most of the news focuses on who is filling the eu's topjobs. the financial times reports on ursula von der leyen‘s nomination as president of the european commission, which has led to surprise in germany, where the defence minister has suffered many negative headlines. dementia is often called one of the biggest public health crises of the 21st century, with around 50 million people affected worldwide. so imagine if doctors could diagnose alzheimer's disease, the most common cause of dementia,
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before symptoms appear. well, researchers here in singapore have invented a blood test that they believe can do exactly that. i've been speaking to assistant professor huilin shao, who led the research team at the national university of singapore. she explained why early detection is important. so as you mention, worldwide, there are over 50 million people who are suffering from dementia, and of these patients, a very high percentage of them are suffering from alzheimer's disease, which is a majorform of severe dementia. and, with a global ageing population, this number is predicted to increase very dramatically over the next decade. and what i think is also very distressing about this number increase is that, despite that this is a very painful disease
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with a very huge socio—economic cost, there remains a very urgent need for early detection of this disease, so that we can stop this increase or reduce this increase in numbers. so tell me about your invention, and how significant that is. so alzheimer's patients typically show a progressive decline of cognitive as well as physical capabilities. but, long before these physical symptoms or clinical symptoms actually appear, there are these tiny molecular changes that can happen in the brain. and these include molecular changes involving the aggregation of proteins, which form these very sticky patches of proteins that kill brain cells, and that leads to a cognitive as well as physical decline. so what my team at the national university of singapore aims to do is to develop a new test that can measure these very early molecular changes in the brain, before these physical symptoms appear, and through a blood test.
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and what we have done is that we are able to achieve this with two technology advances. the first is that we developed a nano—sensor, which is very sensitive. it's over 10,000 times more sensitive than conventional technologies that are available in the clinic. and with this technology, we are also able to pick up the most reflective form of these proteins, the aggregated proteins, the bad population of these proteins, directly from blood, to reflect very accurately the early molecular changes in the brain, at the very early disease stage. so what's next? do you hope to see this test being carried out in hospitals around the world 7 0h, definitely. so what we hope is that we are able to expand this test to investigate more of these diseases, and also to expand this test to involve more patients. and i think that, by using this type of technology, we can bring in many new opportunities for intervention,
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as well as disease management. for example, by early detection of this disease, we will be able to help patients, as well as families, to better prepare and cope with this disease. there are also therapies that are available that can target some of these very specific symptoms of alzheimer's disease, so that helps patients to retain functional capabilities for a longer period of time. what a difference a day makes in the women's world cup. after the drama of the match between england and the usa, we saw a much safer game between the netherlands and sweden, with the netherlands winning1—0 in extra—time. they will take on defending champions the usa in the final on sunday. seth bennett from bbc sport was outside the stadium in lyon. it's very difficult, isn't it, when you compare it to just 2a hours earlier, when you had all of the hype.
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but then you had all of the drama of england against usa, where usa eventually came through. they were disallowed goals, sending—offs, saved penalties — all sorts going on. it was always going to be very difficult for the two teams to follow that, particularly when you took probably the best tactically defensive team, in sweden, against a really good attacking team, in the netherlands, and two sides that were likely to neutralise each other for long periods. and it was a bit of a one for the purists, if i'm being brutally honest. both teams hit the woodwork. 0ne hit the post, the other one hit the crossbar, with the aid of the goalkeepers just getting little fingertips on them. but, once we did get into that extra—time period, all of a sudden then the netherlands really seemed to spark to life, and it took a jackie groenen goal in the 99th minute to separate these two. and the netherlands, who are the european champions at the moment now, will move on to theirfirst—ever world cup final. and it's some feat, you know. this is only their second
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ever world cup final, so for them to go on and get a chance to take on the americans is a big, big pat on the back for what they have been able to do with women's football in the netherlands over the last ten years, really. so we've got the reigning european champions, the netherlands, facing the reigning world champions, the usa. do — honestly, seth, do the netherlands stand a chance? well, look, i can make a case for them, if you like. the americans are red—hot favourites. but what you say about the netherlands is they have plenty of attacking capabilities in there. vivianne miedema, their striker, who hasn't had the greatest of tournaments as yet, but she's somebody that causes massive threat in every single game that she plays. they've got danielle van de donk, who can run the whole of the midfield.
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they have shanice van de sanden on the right—hand side, and she flies. she's got so much pace out there. and if they play as a unit, and they can force down the field and give the americans no time on the ball, then they have a chance. the question for me is, defensively, are they going to be good enough? they've shown in this game against sweden that they're good defensively when they stay disciplined, and they did a really good job of that here. but can they do it in back—to—back games? and let's not forget here that the americans have been sitting in their hotel with their feet up, having, i'm sure, a nice glass of fizzy water this evening, watching the netherlands slug their guts out for a full 120 minutes. they'll be better rested, and that 2a hours could prove to be key. australia's mining industry is often associated with hard work, isolated towns, and a male—dominated culture. now, a new photography project is dressing miners in drag, to challenge gender stereotypes and spark a discussion about mental health. it is aptly called dragged from the mines, and features some remarkable transformations. jamie barber is the photographer behind it all. i've been talking to her about how
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she came up with the idea. soa so a couple of months ago i moved to a rather, and one of my best friends and mentors mentioned to me that it might bea and mentors mentioned to me that it might be a good idea to dress minors in drag forfun. so i had a bit more ofa in drag forfun. so i had a bit more of a think about it, and thought that we could make something really good about that. that significant, dressing them in drag, and vice—versa? dressing them in drag, and vice-versa? well, it wasn't really significant, the idea, but the significance came about through a dream that i had when i realised that we could make a starting point through the mental health issues and the hyper—masculine li and femininity issues that go with that industry. so can you explain to us, i guess, the link between this photography project and raising awareness of mental health? so i just feel like dressing people in
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drag gives it a lighthearted way that we can talk about these important topics without it getting, you know... sometimes talking about hyper—masculine entity and femininity, people can get a little bit touchy, just from the sound of the words. so just at the heart of it we can raise discussions about this. so how did you find those people who dressed up for your photography? did you have a hard time finding those volunteers? —— hyper—masculinity. time finding those volunteers? —— hyper-masculinity. no, not at all. soi hyper-masculinity. no, not at all. so ijust hyper-masculinity. no, not at all. so i just put hyper-masculinity. no, not at all. so ijust put it on the local i swap and sell pages on facebook, and i was looking for people who are interested to give it a go. and what has been their response since the project? it's been really overwhelming, actually. so there was a lot of people interested. we took four females and four males, and we filmed their makeover, and asked them a series of questions, yes, and put it all together in, like, documentary, sort of pilot style. so
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can you tell us about those questions that you asked, and some of the answers that they gave? so one of them was, if you were a colour, what colour would you be? 0ne colour, what colour would you be? one of them and said that he would be black—and—white, because he feels like he might get a free trip to africa out of it. so, you know, just based on some of the answers, i loosely designed the character out of the answers that they gave. a neighbourhood council president has used colour and art to bring joy to a part of the bolivian capital, la paz. her neighbourhood improvement project coloured the walls in beautiful multicoloured murals. a local artist created them with representations of indigenous aymara culture. you have been watching newsday. i'm kasia madera in london. and i'm mariko 0i in singapore. stay with us. 4july fireworks went off early on wall street. we will see why all three of the us stock indices hit record highs
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in wednesday's shortened trading day. and mariko, we love to end newsday with baby animals pictures, so here is a baby albino kangaroo that has been unveiled to the public at ukraine's kharkiv ecological park. the baby, named george, is four months old. george's father is grey and red, but his mum is also an albino. they are extremely rare. only one in 100,000 kangaroo births result in an albino baby. it is the result of a genetic mutation, so this is extraordinarily rare, but george seems completely nonplussed by his uniqueness. and like i say, he is doing very well in
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ukraine. lots more on our website. from the whole team, goodbye. hello there. for some parts of the uk, the next couple of days will bring blue skies, sunshine and warmth. but in other places, it will look and feel very different. this is how it looked in the far north of scotland on wednesday. 0n the satellite picture, you can see the way in which this cloud has been approaching, pushing in from the north—west, and as this cloud makes a bit more progress, we will see some outbreaks of rain. so, as we head through thursday, rain initially across the northern and the western isles will increasingly spread across the northern half of mainland scotland. the heaviest rain always across hills in the west. to the east of high ground, the rain very showery, very patchy in nature. more cloud filtering into northern england, northern ireland through the day, but the further south you are, we're going to see quite a lot
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of sunshine and some real warmth. 2a degrees for birmingham, 26 degrees in london, so that's the sort of temperature we could well attain at wimbledon during thursday afternoon. certainly sunny skies overhead, very light winds as well. the day ends on a sunny note across the southern half of the uk. but further north, we have our cloud, we have our outbreaks of patchy rain, sinking a little further southwards, and then a new push of slightly heavier, more persistent rain gets into the far north—west of scotland by the end of the night. quite a mild night, as well — lows of 11—15 degrees. so, as we go into friday, high pressure still trying to hold on across the south. some fine weather here, but these frontal systems will continue to bring some outbreaks of rain across the north of the uk. certainly a lot of cloud into northern ireland, north—west england and scotland, some rain once again pushing down across the northern half of scotland through the day. ahead of that, in the sunshine, some real warmth — 26, maybe 27 degrees. but underneath the cloud,
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with the outbreaks of rain, it will feel cooler — 17 degrees in aberdeen, 18 in belfast. and that is a sign of things to come, because as we move out of friday into the weekend, these frontal systems in the north will make some progress further south, and as this cold front here moves southwards, it will open the door to some cooler air. the winds switching round to north or north—westerlies. this band of cloud sinking southwards, maybe getting stuck across southern england and south wales for a time. could be the odd spot of rain here on saturday. elsewhere, patchy cloud and sunny spells, but with those north or north—westerly winds, not especially brisk for most of us, butjust bringing a slightly cooler feel, so temperatures 13 degrees in aberdeen, and maybe 22 in london. and we keep those slightly lower temperatures as we head into sunday. a lot of dry weather, a lot of cloud as well, but some spells of sunshine.
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this is bbc news. our top story: britain and china are embroiled in a growing row, over the treatment of protestors in hong kong. china's ambassador has been summoned to the foreign office in london, after warning britain not to interfere in its domestic affairs. china has accused london of supporting the demonstrators in hong kong, and accused it of fantasising about colonialism. more than a million people have been ordered to leave their homes in japan, after torrential rain, flooding and the danger of landslides. forecasters say the rain is set to continue. and this video of a volcano erupting on the italian island of stromboli is most watched online. a hiker was killed when he was hit by a flying rock. around seventy people were evacuated from the area. witnesses say they heard a huge boom as the volcano erupted, followed by a plume of smoke. that's all. stay with bbc world news. and making the news here in the uk:


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